Adam Helms


Now on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver until January 18, 2009 is Adam Helms first solo museum installation. The installation consists of a large plywood construction that dominates the space of the Paper Works Gallery, and drawings/ sourced imagery that are hung on the surrounding walls.

With this installation Adam Helms draws attention to the continuum between past and present states of violence, occupation and injustice. Helms uses composite images sourced through the internet and unearthed in library archives to suggest a frontier that is both familiar and distant. His hand is revealed in the work through drawings, thus making personal the interior story of each image. The exhibition of new works on paper and a large- scale sculpture at MCA DENVER portrays radical political groups and extremist subcultures throughout history. Helms was born in the United States in 1974 and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Helms received an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He has shown in group exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Kunsthalle und Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY among others. Helms was the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and was a recent artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.